The feat of Steffi Graf that Djokovic will try to emulate


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The feat of Steffi Graf that Djokovic will try to emulate

Steffi Graf (Bruhl, Germany; 1969) achieved the 1988 Golden Slam: he won all four Majors and the Gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. This year, Novak Djokovic (Belgrade, Serbia; 1987) will try to emulate her.

Graf was 18 years old at the beginning of 1988 but had already been a Grand Slam champion (Roland Garros 87) and had risen to the top of the WTA rankings. In 1988, it exploded.

On January 24, 1988, Steffi Graf (World No. 1) beat Chris Evert (No. 3) in the Australian Open final by 6-1 and 7-6 (3). It was his second Grand Slam title.

In June, the German defeated two Argentines to reach the final in Paris: in the quarterfinals she beat Bettina Fulco Vilella (No. 37 in the world) by 6-0 and 6-1 and in the semifinals she would defeat one of her great adversaries. during his long career. Gabriela Sabatini (5th in the world) would fall 6-3 and 7-6 (3). The end of Roland Garros 1988 was brutal: 6-0 and 6-0 to Zvereva.

On June 14, Graff turned 19 and already had 3 Grand Slam titles but his march did not stop: he would win his first Wimbledon beating in the final atto mythical Martina Navratilova (No. 2 in the world) by 5-7, 6-2 and 6-1.

On September 11, 1988, in New York, Graf would complete the Grand Slam calendar by defeating Gabriela Sabatini. Argentina, No. 4 in the world at that time, took the match to three sets but history again tilted for the German: 6-3, 3-6 and 6-1.

On October 1, in South Korea, the final of the 1988 Olympic Games was played with the same participants as in the US Open: Graf and Sabatini. The result? Again for the German side, although this time in straight sets (6-3 and 6-3).

Graf would end his career with 22 Grand Slam titles, 107 in total and 900 victories.

Novak Djokovic already managed 3 out of 5 in 2021. The Olympic Games first (without Federer or Nadal in the box) and the US Open later are the missing legs to emulate the German.


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